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On information privilege and information equity

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I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about the high school/college transition these days and the differences we see among members of the freshman class. Such thinking leads naturally to a consideration of more profound issues of social justice and equity, issues supported by our Common Beliefs and standards. Access to an effective school library program […]

Students as citizen archivists and scientists: The new community service?

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It may not be the typical white glove or laboratory experience, but students of history and science can find multiple opportunities to volunteer as citizen archivists or citizen scientists in a few important crowdsourcing efforts. The Library of Congress, the National Archives and the Smithsonian offer parts of their collections to be organized and made accessible by employing the […]

Media Literacy Week on Participate

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This coming week is Media Literacy Week. One way to celebrate is to join the free Media Literacy Community of Practice on Participate.com. Community leader, Michael Hernandez will host two weeks of in-community activities as well as a Media Literacy Webinar on November 6th at 8:30 PM Eastern. Michael Hernandez is an award-winning cinema and journalism teacher in Los Angeles whose […]

Project Information Literacy News Study: A new study on new adults and news

For this generation, news is social, visual, and fast. News is often overwhelming,  and it can be difficult for students to tell what news is true and what is false. While most students think news is important to democracy, they do not define news by traditional standards, nor do they necessarily assign authority based on the […]

Life’s Library: A new type of book club led by John Green and Rosianna Halse Rojas

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Attention book clubs or aspiring book clubs or book club fans. John Green shares a very cool idea–and we may want to gear up to support it. John and Rosianna Halse Rojas (London-based writer, video blogger, and John’s personal assistant) are launching and curating Life’s Library a new kind of book club. Life’s Library Book Club hopes to introduce readers to great […]

Children’s Rights to Read, join the ILA Campaign

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When it comes to ensuring the right for all to read, we face a challenging journey: According to the latest data from UNESCO, there remain 750 million people around the world who cannot read and write. Two thirds of them are female. And while we’ve made solid strides in increasing basic literacy for youth—91% in 2016 […]

LOC Debuts its National Screening Room

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Nearly 300 motion picture treasures representing a century of cinema history are now easily available through the Library of Congress’s new National Screening Room. Curator of the Library’s Moving Image Section, Mike Mashon shared: The goal of this digital project is to present the public with a broad range of historical and cultural audio-visual materials that will […]

Happy 90th Birthday, OED. (And thank YOU for bringing the gift.)

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To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the publication of the First Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press is offering UK, Canadian and US non-subscribing public schools free online access for the 2018/19 calendar year.  If you are unfamiliar with the OED, read about its evolution as the last word on words. Academic high school […]

Oasis: An integrated worldwide search for OER

Meet OASIS. The goal of the Openly Available Sources Integrated Search is to facilitate the discovery of OER. Co-developed at SUNY Geneseo by Ben Rawlins, director of Milne Library, and Bill Jones, digital resources and systems librarian, in consultation with SUNY OER Services Executive Director Alexis Clifton, OASIS currently searches open content from 61 different sources and points to more than 160,000 records, The […]

DBQuest and Case Maker: Two more critical thinking tools from LOC!

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Alert your social studies and ELA teacher friends or dig in on your own.  This past week the Library of Congress launched DBQuest and Case Maker, two new web and mobile apps that join a suite of digital resources introduced back in 2016. The Library of Congress announcement shared that these new interactive opportunities for middle and high school […]